North Ponce is one of Coral Gables' great neighborhoods, connected by the vibrant commercial corridor of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and served by important civic institutions such as Coral Gables Elementary. The district is a mixed-use community and bounded by Lejeune Road, SW 8th Street, Douglas Road, and Alhambra Circle.
The City has a long history of planning efforts for the North Ponce area, stretching back many decades. In 2014, planning efforts for the area were renewed to address the growth of the area, recognition of the unique and historic characteristics, and the value of its close proximity to downtown Coral Gables.
The North Ponce Community Visioning Workshop started on June 12 and 13, 2015. The workshop included presentations about urban planning, sustainability, and public health, a trolley tour and walking tour of the North Ponce area, and hands-on table groups where participants worked together to fill out written surveys, complete visual preference surveys, and draw their ideas on maps of the study area. As a result of the public input received at the workshop, City staff and consultant developed policy recommendations and action steps for implementation. After feedback was obtained from the community, the Planning & Zoning Board, and the City Commission, planning strategies were presented at a Community Planning Meeting on May 5, 2016. Amendments to the Zoning Code, Comprehensive Plan, and regulatory maps were drafted and adopted by the City Commission in May of 2017 and included three specific items: Conservation Overlay District, Residential Infill Regulations, and North Ponce de Leon Boulevard Mixed Use District.
The City is currently implementing some of the Capital Improvement Projects that were results from the North Ponce Community Vision Workshop of 2015-2016:
NORTH PONCE COMMUNITY PLAN DOCUMENTS:
The area is a multi-family, urban district with two- to three- story garden apartments, with limited commercial development along the north-south corridors, including Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Lejeune Road, and Douglas Road. Below is documentation and materials produced during the North Ponce Community Visioning Workshop:
June 14, 2016 Implementation Schedule discussion with City Commission
May 11, 2016 North Ponce Update with Planning & Zoning Board
May 5, 2016 Community Planning Meeting
April 12, 2016 Planning Strategies discussion with City Commission
October 27, 2015 Discussion on Vision Workshop with City Commission
June 12 and 13, 2015 Community Visioning Workshop